Dec 2, 2013 7:00am EST
tax reform. there's a whole bunch we could work on that would be great. maybe we ought to look at some of those things like health care system costs and what the government is going to be paying in the next few years that is not discriminatory spending. it is getting smaller and smaller because of mandatory programs. they need to take a look at those programs and see what they can do to maybe get that in check. we don't have out-of-control spending and we get caught up in laws that require mandatory spending and we have no flexibility and the debt keeps going up. stacy from arlington, virginia with some of his ideas and some of the short and long- term issues that he thinks congress needs to tackle. nbc the subject of an news.com story talking about congresses to do list for the end of 2013. calling that to do list a might do list. some of the issues on that might in the last month of the year. it notes expiring tax provisions , that more than 60 tax provisions are set to expire at year's end. also on thatalso on that my to-s the medicare reimbursement for doc there's. --for doctors.
Dec 9, 2013 7:00am EST
the discussion over the past five years. hikes.looking at tax they are also not looking at significant cuts to medicare, security,or social which are areas republicans say needs to be done. instead we are looking at pretty small things and haggling over whether to have federal employees attribute more to their retirement -- employees contribute more to their retirement plans. thingse also looking at -- a spectrum that is going to be sold to telephone companies. they are looking at a small budget deal that would replace some of the sequester, the automatic spending cuts that were launched in 2011 as part of a but -- part of a different budget process. like can't there right now? why can't there be a grand bargain right now? caller: because republicans and democrats can't agree. all ryan, the chairman of the budget committee, and patty murray decided they were not going to go after the towels of the other party and just try to get something that was possible -- after all these failed budget agreements in the past, look we are not even going to go there this time. we are going to go for someth
Dec 4, 2013 7:00am EST
insurance at a reasonable cost through choice and competition on this marketplace and tax credits that you may be eligible for that can save you hundreds of dollars in premium costs month potentially. to -- now that we are getting the technology fixed ande need you to go back take a look at what is actually going on. it can make a difference in your lives and the lives of your families. the president yesterday as onlaunches the second act healthcare.gov, encouraging people to go to the website and try again. the washington times this -- the president leader and chief on obamacare. -- salesman -- cheerleader in chief for obamacare. democrats and the president are expected to have a coordinated effort in pushing healthcare.gov. --e is a congressman's tweet what do you think about the rollout of healthcare.gov enter the president fire somebody? betty in albuquerque, new mexico. democrat. thank you for accepting my call. this particular congress that we now -- i believe the th -- hasnd 12 -- 112 title of the greatest do-nothing congress in the history of the united states. they have been held
Dec 5, 2013 7:00am EST
with tax incentives, to come back to the united states and start building our manufacturing base and get these lewd college jobs. are thelar jobs foundation of this country. there are very little now. back,if those jobs came -- in order for blue-collar jobs -- the argument for raising the minimum wage -- if you had those types of jobs -- for a person to survive on a blue-collar wage, what would it have to be? jobs -- ase-collar industry becomes better and better, the incentives and the increase in income will come along with that. that is what i am saying. there are no opportunities. the young people are restricted as to what they can do. if you have just a high school education -- i only had a high school education. the jobs were there when i came out of high school. it was not i thought. a kid with a high school education is pretty much in a deadlocked situation now. if he can even get a job. that is what needs to be done in my personal opinion. host: david in florida. caller: good morning. i believe that you are totally impartial and the way you do your job. thank you. i agree with a
Dec 7, 2013 7:00am EST
the one that best represents you. we take a look at tax rates. it is congress that appears to allow a certain batch of temporary tax breaks to last at the end of 2013. ray from oklahoma city oklahoma, you are up next. are you there? good morning, you are on. i was calling about -- our man is going to make mistakes. the problem with the world, it does not have anything to do with obama. we have taken god out of everything he is doing. the next thing, minimum wage. i talked to a lot of people atut minimum wage at 7:25 -- $7.25 an hour. people say if you raise minimum wage, the influence will go up. everything else is already going up except minimum wage. years taken almost four to get it to seven dollars $.25. i am 61 years old, i am retired, and i have four kids. i have kids working for memo wage. they got student loans to pay back. journal"ll street talking about unemployment benefits in several stories, set to expire on september 28. several democrats are pushing for a vote to extend the benefits. house democrats propose renewing the program for $25 billion but have no way to offse
Dec 3, 2013 7:00am EST
weighing is whether to tax financial transactions. it does not have a lot of support, so i do not see that happening anytime soon. europe is a little bit different, they have actually imposed some trading taxes, which has been to the chagrin of the banks. host: peter, on the republican line/ . caller: let's get the history state on what happened during the financial crisis. during the 1990s there was a lot of pressure by the minority groups to increase the amount of affordable housing. so the clinton administration developed the public private partnership to get banks to create more loads for low income people. that calls --was caused a mandate on fannie and freddie to purchase subprime mortgages. they had increased the mandate 110% to 55% of her juices of sub i mortgages. -- purchases of subprime mortgages. he continued that public-private partnership that clinton had , upblished the which after to 2007 and 2008, the number of those mortgages were so great that caused the financial collapse. the government gave the green light to wall street, wall street keeps getting the lane for wh
Dec 8, 2013 7:00am EST
. on unemployment insurance still have to pay federal income tax. because of sequestration, the and employment i -- the unemployment insurance got reduced. i am making less money. we still have to pay federal income tax on that. they say these people will stay on unemployment and not look for work. unemployment does not pay that much. it is not like you are collecting $1000 a week. it is only like $371 a week with sequestration. it is a good thing my wife works full time. for long-term unemployment, it is not much. unemployment does not last long. i would like your guest to comment on that. guest: there is no doubt unemployment does not replace the income of the job. i think it does speak to the fact that american families are having to readjust their lifestyle and get by with less. when they do take a job, taking $20 an hourom a job. hopefully unemployment gives them time to find the best job for their families. ideologically on the other side, some people say there would be a sense of urgency when benefits run out. host: let me go through the breakdown of the numbers based on gender and race.
Dec 2, 2013 7:45am EST
and higher tax dollars should we pay for those uninsured people when they need health care services, which everybody does at some point in time to the idea behind this economically is that we are going to get everybody in this pool, everybody by in, and that will redistribute all the costs across much bigger pool of people and that is going to help people find savings. they will go to the doctor earlier. they will end up in the emergency room because they will get preventive care. they will see a doctor to treat her condition and treated when it is cheaper. that is the idea that the when theytion had said it would lower costs but it will be over time in over a very long period of time. host: i want to turn to the subject that is given the white house a lot of grief. "if you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan," and the cancellation of plans in recent months. i went to get the latest on the president's efforts to reinstate the health care plans that were canceled. where is the white house on them? guest: the white house said that states and insurance c